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Sinclair Annual Creative Writing Contest

About the Contest

Eligibility: Open to those writers who have received no payment for published manuscripts in the category they are entering (payment includes free copies of journals in which their work has appeared). Previous first and second place winners are ineligible to enter categories in which they have won. They may, however, enter other categories. Sinclair faculty, staff and spouses are ineligible.

Judging: Members of the Sinclair Community College faculty will select the winning entries. Winners will be notified by phone in March.

Fees: There is no cost to enter.

Winners: The winning entry in each category will receive a cash award. The above winners, along with those receiving honorable mention, will receive certificates suitable for framing. Contest winners will be presented awards during an April virtual ceremony. Winners need not be present; awards will be mailed.

For more information about the Creative Writing Awards contact Adrienne Cassel, Director

How to Submit Your Writing


Adult: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction
High School: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction


Entries must be received by March 5, 2021.


All entries must be submitted electronically by email to

All entries should be typed (double-spaced for prose entries only). Full name, address, PHONE NUMBER and the TITLE of the work should appear on a COVER PAGE. Subsequent pages with the work being submitted should include THE TITLE. Do not include your name or any biographical information on the pages that you are submitting for the contest. If you are submitting more than one piece (for instance more than one poem), you must submit each piece separately.


  • Prose must not exceed 5,000 words.
  • Poetry must not exceed 100 lines per poem.

2019 Sinclair Community College Annual Creative Writing Winners

Poetry, High School Category

  • First place: "Repudiation"  Savannah Brantley 
  • Secone place: "Allen Street Bloom"  Madrid Joy 
  • Third place: "Blackface" Chase Jones 

Nonfiction, High School Category

  • First place: Lunden Mason, "Becoming"
  • Second place: Ethan Wendel, "How to Summon an Unthinkable Horror"
  • Third place: Austin Whitton, "Appendix Explosion"

Fiction, High School Category

  • First place:  "Into the Night" Emily Mangold 
  • Second place: "Prom Date from Hell" Samuel J. Claude 
  • Third place: "Eternal Prison" Caleb Faul

Poetry, Adult Category

  • First place: "Hospice" Priscilla Mutter 
  • Second place: "Prayer for Michael" Paul Paprocki 
  • Third place: "Do you remember?" Cherrell Michale Captain  

Nonfiction, Adult Category

  • First place: "(Don't) Send in the Clowns" Carli Groven 
  • Second place: "Dead End to Never Ending" Roger A. Scott 

Fiction, Adult Category

  • First place:  "The Bridge" Richard Foltz 
  • Second place: "Bridges" Michael Gregory Whitfield 
  • Third Place: "The Last Sunset" Jessica Coldspring